Archive for March, 2011


Trinity United Church of Christ Program

by James Jett

The current President of the United States, President Obama, have nothing to do with my publishing my visit to the church where Rev. Wright was the Pastor then. I wrote the post to start a conversation about Christians and crime in the community. The posts have everything to do with Christians and nothing to do with  President Obama.  That’s incorrect, time I finished typing the President’s name I know it was incorrect, because  if the President would address the crime problems in the neighborhood, once each month crime would decrease in this country. It would be helpful, but it is not needed. ” We the people” can take care of all community problems.

This is the church program, pass-out, on the sunday I visited the church


President Obama: Rev. Wright’s Church

by James Jett

Last week my driver informed me that I had been to Rev. Wright’s Church, that President Obama attended when he was living in Chicago. He got elected to the President of the United States of America, and move to his new home in Washington, where he live in the White House with his family.  I visited Rev. Wright’s church, because a member invited me and my son, the driver, drove us to the church.  No, Rev. Wright did not preach that Sunday. A Young man, Rev Wright;s protegé,  said a few words after Rev. Wright covered some Church business. The young man, well dressed in a gray suit, after being introduce by Rev. Wright said a few words about traveling and making sure you stay on the right path.

Church attendance, for me, is as an invited guest, on trips, on vacation and visiting  family members in six States. Only one church visit in my city in the last fifteen or more years, on the fifty year anniversary. At the end of the service a man insulted me when he greeted my wife. I  spoke to a Deacon about it. After investigating he decide the man is not a member of the church and no one know who he is or where he came from. The church had split and a new Minster was on board, so every one was inviting people to come to the church, including me.

A member of the church that Rev. Wright Pastor, invited me to attend church with them that Sunday. It was an opportunity to attend church with like-minded people, all there to praise God. The church was a short distant from the clean well care-for lawns in the neighborhood where I was staying. The Church, at 532 W. 95th Street, Chicago IL  60628-1196. a short ten minute drive. After church service my driver drove pass Rev Jackson house, no grass on the lawn at that time just a small scrub, maybe and Azalea . I understand, the Reverend is away from home a lot, but anyone could take care of that small lawn. Looking out his front door up on a small hill, you see a green oases. From Rev Jackson we drove pass the house where Muhammad Ali, the great heavyweight boxer, once lived. All total, not a bad neighborhood.

I have my own Christian assignment, visiting other churches, visiting neighborhoods with more than one church, and looking at the life people live in those neighborhoods. some of the worst killings and other crimes occur in the neighbors with the greatest number of churches.  Dogs, cats and other animals receive better training and care than some of the Children attending schools in those neighborhoods where two, three, five or more churches are  located, within walking distance away from the church ground.  Neighborhoods that have been slums since the Korean  War, others have slowly deteriorated into unsightly conditions. Last month, I drove pass my old neighborhood in Cleveland, almost all the streets are looking more like housing where slum dwellers live. The decline started and I moved out fifteen miles into another county. Manly because the school system was failing my Children, at least the two that were old enough to enroll in the Sixties. The update is, that school is a beautiful brand-spanking-new school now with houses removed making space for playgrounds. The new school is a good start, but the needs for improvement in learning stay. It is difficult, if not impossible to learn when the streets in the community is unsafe and the school system teaching is far  less effective than training programs for dogs. As I drove through the neighborhood on my way to visit my cousin and returned looking down the street toward 3663 East 143rd Street, I could see much deterioration from neglect. It made me aware that I made a good decision to buy land and build a house for my children in a neighborhood that would be mostly new homes with intact families, safe, well-kept lawns with property values increasing yearly.

Property values is every home-owners concern, because every increase in property value is an increase in your net worth. Property value decrease when  owners fail to take care and upkeep the house and lot. Nothing is worse than a bad neighbor in a good community, unsightly, unwanted bantering from people who  think that give them the right to block your driveway. Just when you think you have made a good move and can have some peace of mind now that you have you, or you and your family in an above average  neighborhood, some one move in across the street that behave  like and uncivilized, untrained and unschooled wild person.